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Month: November 2019

Woody plants with undesirable tendencies

(American Society for Horticultural Science) A weed is normally defined as a plant, native or non-native, that is not valued where it is growing. An invasive species is generally defined as a species that not only spreads geographically outside its typical range but also has a proclivity for displacing native flora and fauna. People are encouraged to not stereotype native or non-native plants, but rather to suggest that people should consider a species for its individual merits and shortcomings, regardless of its geographic origin

The impact of the soil microbiota on the mitigation of greenhouse gases in tropical forests

(Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) Besides the soil microbiota, two other initiatives that look at the challenges of climate change related to geological sediments and emissions resulting from sugarcane production were presented at FAPESP Week France.

NASA embarks on 5 US expeditions targeting air, land and sea

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA is sending 5 airborne campaigns across the United States in 2020 to investigate fundamental processes that ultimately impact human lives and the environment, from snowstorms along the East Coast to ocean eddies off the coast of San Francisco.

UTA civil engineer studying threats to industry, environment posed by severe flooding

(University of Texas at Arlington) A University of Texas at Arlington civil engineer is determining how best to assess the costly economic and ecological impacts of natural disasters on industries and waterways around the Neches River basin in southeast Texas.

New study analyzes viability of sustainable fuels developed through ORNL process

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) A technology developed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and scaled up by Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels while retaining the sustainability benefits of bio-based ethanol, according to a new analysis.

Extra-terrestrial impacts may have triggered ‘bursts’ of plate tectonics

(Geological Society of America) When — and how — Earth’s surface evolved from a hot, primordial mush into a rocky planet continually resurfaced by plate tectonics remain some of the biggest unanswered questions in earth science research. Now a new study, published in Geology, suggests this earthly transition may in fact have been triggered by extra-terrestrial impacts.

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Scott Morrison is no Paul Keating, but he risks a similar fate in 2022 if he’s not careful | Peter Lewis

Here’s a little story about hubris: an Australian prime minister wins a federal election no one gave him a chance in after running a relentlessly negative campaign against an opposition that bit off way more policy than the public was…

'Alice's Restaurant': It's a Thanksgiving music tradition

Thanksgiving is full of traditions. With a few exceptions, the food on my Thanksgiving table looks almost exactly like the food that was on my parent’s Thanksgiving table year after year. It’s tradition. When my son was 3 years old,…

India’s Ominous Future: Too Little Water, or Far Too Much

The monsoon is central to Indian life and lore. It turns up in ancient Sanskrit poetry and in Bollywood films. It shapes the fortunes of millions of farmers who rely on the rains to nourish their fields. It governs what…